About Brussels

Brussels is the capital of Belgium and lies in the Brussels-Capital region between Flanders and Wallonia. Brussels is most famous as the administrative capital of Europe, home to the EU Parliament, EU Commission and NATO. Not only does the city hold historical significance, but with over 180 nationalities it is arguably the most diverse city in Europe. It boasts several UNESCO World Heritage sites including Grand Place and Stoclet Palace; visitors are also invited to try the local produce, such as Trappist beer and haute confectionery.

The official language of the Conference is English, however, Brussel’s is legally bilingual between Dutch and French. Most public signs and residents also speak English.

Time Zone
Belgium follows Central European Time (CET) which is one hour ahead of Greenwich Mean Time (GMT).

Temperatures are relatively mild during the whole year. Brussels’ average temperature between in June is 13-18 °C, 55-64 °F. Medium weight clothing is recommended plus rainwear.

Belgium, like most other European countries, has 220-volt AC, 50Hz current and uses two-pin continental plugs.

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Cultural Activities During June




Art Nouveau: Horta Inside Out (art nouveau)
Various venues

Arts & Cinema
Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium

Monkeys (kids)
Museum of Natural Sciences

Carolus Festival (heritage)
Various venues

A Panorama of Chinese Comic Strips (comics)
The Belgian Comic Strip Center

Magritte, Atomium Meets Surrealism

The Temple of Human Passions – The first Building Constructed by Victor Horta in Brussels (art nouveau)
Cinquantenaire Museum

Humeurs Contestataires / Opstandige Stemmingen (urban)
Sewers Museum

Understreet Art (urban)
Sewers Museum

Wolfers Frères Jewellery Shop (art nouveau)
Cinquantenaire Museum

Exceptional Opening of the Horta Town Houses
Various venues

Horta Motifs. Fabric and Wallpaper in Brussels Houses (art nouveau)
Autrique House

Unbuilt Horta (art nouveau)
Every summer, Fondation CIVA organises an exhibition with the theme “Unbuilt Brussels” presenting documents from its archives relating to architectural and urban projects that were never brought to fruition. This year, the exhibition is dedicated to Victor Horta, focusing mainly on his grand project to rebuild the block between the Palace of Fine Arts and the Central Station, and the Congo Pavilion designed for the Paris Universal Expo of 1900.

The Reopening of the Royal Museum for Central Africa
The reopening of the Royal Museum for Central Africa, after five years, is a major event. The Museum, showing a new respect for the whole continent of Africa, has been completely revamped in order to combine its magnificent setting and extensive collections with a modern, visitor-centred approach. The new entrance pavilion includes a shop and a restaurant. Every detail – including the splendid gardens – has been renovated.

Smurfs: The Immersive Experience (kids) (pop culture)
Tour & Taxis
This travelling, interactive exhibition, celebrating (over a number of years) the sixtieth anniversary of the Smurfs, uses virtual reality and augmented reality technology to create a fun and educational experience.

Roller Bike Parade (urban)
Every Friday from June to September, this wacky parade passes through various Brussels communes along roads normally reserved for traffic.

The 27 on Your Plate (Europe)
Taste the finest dishes that the national cuisines of European countries have to offer!

Family Day (heritage) (kids)
Coudenberg Palace
An activity-filled family day out awaits you in the Coudenberg Palace, which was home to Charles V. The programme includes an introduction to Renaissance dancing, a meeting with the Ommegang characters, guided tours, games dating from Brueghel’s time, heraldry, and a costume workshop.

Brussels Environment Festival (green)
Cinquantenaire Park
The annual festival of the environment offers both fun and information, with organic and fair-trade food, street theatre, games, concerts, a farm, and special activities for children.

Star Wars Identities (kids) (pop culture)
Brussels Expo
Get to know the characters of STAR WARS™ on a whole new level and learn more about yourself in the process.

Brussels Urban Trail (sport)
City centre
On this trail, there are physical challenges to overcome, as well as non-sporting discoveries to be made. It takes participants to a number of well known and not so well known cultural and historic sites in Brussels, as well as to cinemas, bars, museums, and metro stations. A mix of sport and culture, offering a novel way to explore the city.

Catel – Drawn Destinies of Strong Women (comics)
The Belgian Comic Strip Center
This outstanding graphic novel artist has risen to prominence on the Franco-Belgian comic strip art scene over the last two decades. Her work highlights the lives of remarkable women, from “Kiki de Montparnasse” to Benoîte Groult. She illustrated comic novels and comic books for children before tackling biographies in the form of graphic novels.

Europe, Europe (Europe)
What new ideas are circulating in the artistic circles of Oslo, London, Lyon, Zagreb, Brussels, Maribor, Lodz, Karlsruhe, Rome, Lisbon and Belgrade? The exhibition Europe, Europe presents the artistic exchange between locally-rooted artists and art organisations from 11 European cities. Exhibitions, performances, workshops, residences, lectures and educational projects will be held simultaneously throughout Europe in which Europe and solidarity are key themes.

Summer of Photography. The 1960’s.
Exactly 50 years ago, Paris students took to the streets to protest against the conservative society and its moralising ideals. The Centre for Fine Arts’ concert hall too was occupied for three months by young rebels, artists and thinkers. The festival takes May ‘68 as the point of departure to zoom in on the turbulent sixties in which Russian tanks put an abrupt end to the Prague Spring, Chairman Mao’s Cultural Revolution was raging, and wars of independence were sweeping across the African continent…

Couleur Café (urban)
Atomium Square Brussels
For its 29th edition, expect nothing less than the best hip-hop, soul, reggae, raga, dub, pop, dance and funk the planet has to offer on 5 or more stages. The world food restaurants, marching bands, dance workshops, beautiful cocktail bars and DJ’s create a truly unique cosmopolitan atmosphere.

Recyclart Holidays (urban)
The Recyclart arts centre’s summer festival offers concerts, DJ sets, free haircuts, a crafts market and wild photo shoots interspersed with textile printing and bakery workshops every Thursday and Friday evening, indoors and outdoors.

The STIB-MVIB operates within the Brussels-Capital area, serving Metro, Tram and some bus routes. There are 4 Metro Lines, 2 pre-Metro lines, 15 tram lines and 50 bus routes.

Single Trip Ticket
A single ticket costs €2.10. These can be purchased at a BOOTIK, Go Easy, KIOSK or GO Vending Machine, or at all train stations. For a return journey of €4.20, the return must be made 24 hours from the validation of the first journey. 24/48/72-hour tickets are available, and there is a bus service connecting Brussels Airport to the city centre.
Find more information about tickets and prices at stib-mivb.be.

From Brussels Airport, there is a train station below the terminal connecting you to Gare Central, in 30 minutes. From Gare Central one can find Metro lines 1 and 6, as well as major tram and bus links. It is a short walk to The Square from here. Costs for a single journey are €8.70 for an adult standard ticket. Tickets and timetables are found at belgianrail.be.
From Charleroi Airport, you can take any train to the Charleroi-South Station, before taking the bus directly to Brussel South Charleroi Airport. This journey takes around 90 minutes, and costs €31.60 for a single adult standard fare. More information available here.

Buses in Brussels generally run from 5:30 to 24:00 throughout the week. On weekends, expect buses to start around 6:00 until 24:00. On Friday and Saturday night, ‘Noctis’ buses start from after midnight until approximately 2:30. There are 11 night bus routes in Brussels, each one arriving and departing from Gare Central.
From Brussels Airport, Monday to Friday 8 pm, the Airport Line is operated as an express service with number 12 and serves the major stops. On weekdays after 8 pm, and weekends, the Airport Line is operated as a regular service with number 21, serving all stops. Tickets are €4.50 for a single fare purchased prior to the journey. From Luxembourg, Bus 38 towards Gare Central will take you to The Square Meeting Centre.
From Charleroi Airport, there is a shuttle service operating every day from to Gare du Midi in Brussels. The first departure is from 3:30 and services run every 30 minutes. Tickets are €28 return, details to be found here.

Car Rental
Brussels offers many well-known international car rental companies. Rental cars can be found in the arrivals gate at Brussels Airport; there are also a few car rental desks at Charleroi.

Taxis can be found permanently outside the arrivals hall at Brussels Airport. The fare to the city centre is usually around €50. From Charleroi, the fare is priced higher at approximately €120, however, pre-booked private taxis are available for a reduced rate. See the website here.